Last month it was finally time for my birthday and graduation present: a citytrip to Lisbon! So on friday I stuffed as many clothes and shoes as I could in my handluggage and checked in with Easyjet to fly to Lisbon. From the airport we went straight to the hostel to get some sleep so we could start exploring the city early on saturday.
Sleeping in Lisbon
Initially we wanted to stay at the hostel The independante, but since it’s very popular and it has only a few private rooms it was already booked. If you want to stay at this hostel be sure to book early! Our alternative was the hostel Casa Belmonte. This place has recently been renovated and is located near the metrostation ‘Marquês De Pombal’. With the metro it’s only a few stops to all the main sights.
The hostel itself looks great and has friendly staff that would love to help you. The rooms could be a bit cleaner, but I’ve seen a lot worse. There’s also a kitchen available and on the roof you have a great view over Lisbon!
Baixa & Rossio
These two neighbourhoods are the centre of Lisbon. Here you can find a lot of stores, tourists and restaurants. The best time to go here is at daytime. Wander along the river, through the streets or visit the Museu do Design e da Moda (MUDE).
If you’re exploring this area then don’t forget to try a shot of ‘Ginjinha‘. No matter what time it is! You can find this tiny bar at Praça de São Domingos.
Palácio da Pena
Just 35 km outside of Lisbon you can find The park and national Palace of Pena. To get there take the train from Lisbon to Sintra, where you can catch the bus outside the station to the palace.
This 19th century fairytale palace, built by King Ferdinand out of an old monastery, is on the UNESCO world heritage list and is a combination of Neo-Gothic, Neo-Manueline, Islamic and Neo-Renaissance style. Yes, it’s over-the-top but in a good way! The verandas on the outside will give you a great view over Sintra and the inside is furnished with pieces according to the tastes of the kings and queens who lived there. After wandering around in the palace you can also take a walk in the nice garden around the palace.
If you have time to get out of Lisbon for a day the Palace is definitely a must see! And the location makes it perfect to combine it with a visit to the beach in Cascais. From Sintra you can take the bus so Caiscais once a hour. It takes at least one hour so make sure you have enough time!
These are just a few highlights from my trip to Lisbon. If you’re looking for a nice travellingguide I would recommend 100% Lissabon. It gives you nice tips about where to sleep, eat and what to see. Where to eat in Lisbon? Read my blog about the restaurants we found!